The Importance Of Coffee Cup Recycling #MySocialSpirit

We’ve all seen the news reports and TV programs about the horrific effect our plastic usage is having on our seas and our wildlife right now.
We’re all more aware of the impact we are each having on our planet and many of us are taking steps to reduce that impact but still more needs to be done. For instance, over 2.5 billion coffee cups are used in the UK each year and only 1 in 400 of them are recycled.

Recent YouGov figures show that 52% of consumers dispose of their coffee cup at work and 88% of the nation would use dedicated cup recycling bins if they were available.

Coffee cup recycling must be made a priority.

On The Go Coffee Cups

I don’t often have a takeaway coffee; I work from home so I make my own! When we go on holiday, however, it’s a different story. I like to find a Costa or Starbucks and treat myself to a large mocha while we’re travelling.

Even though I don’t buy takeaway coffee very often, I still feel guilty when I do. The cups aren’t easily recycled and most end up in a landfill.
However, the last time we went to Starbucks I was pleased to see that you get 25p off the price of your coffee if you take in your own reusable cup. I’ll be taking my own next we go.

Reusable coffee cup

Coffee Cup Recycling In The Workplace

Many people think as I did, that paper cups couldn’t be recycled because of the plastic liner. It turns out there are 3 waste recycling centres in the UK that can recycle them.
The problem is that the cups need to be kept separate from all other recycling.
This is where we all need to get together to help put an end to billions of coffee cups being sent to landfill.

To see how you and your workplace can help reduce the number of cups going to landfill, there’s a comprehensive guide to all things cup recycling in this E-Book.

single use takeaway coffee cup - coffee cup recycling must be made a priority

Other Ways To Cut Plastic Use

As a family, we’ve been doing our best to cut our plastic usage right down. We stopped using plastic carrier bags and now have a large collection of reusable shopping bags. We’ve stopped using washing liquid, choosing instead to use washing powder that comes in recyclable cardboard boxes. We don’t use plastic bags when shopping for things like bananas. Tesco now sticks the barcode straight onto the bananas when they deliver my groceries which we thought was excellent.

I don’t buy plastic straws anymore. Paper straws aren’t as good and they’re more expensive. However, every little helps when it comes to reducing our plastic usage.


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